Flag Registry/Law and Politics
This is perhaps the most uncertain area of all for potential seasteaders. Our short to medium term strategy is to enable seasteads to fly the flag of so-called “open-registry” countries. Currently, countries like the Bahamas, the Marshall Islands, Panama and Liberia offer the services of their flag registry and access to their legal system in exchange for a fee from the flagged vessel. Seasteaders will need to know which registries are the best fit for their purposes.
Further, international law and maritime treaties can be ambiguous in terms of actual enforcement. How seasteading ventures are received, and whether they are welcomed by nearby coastal or other existing nations, will depend very much on how prepared the movement is to navigate legal uncertainty and reputably it is viewed in the international community.
Posted on February 1, 2012 at 1:39 am